ECU Closes Out Road Trip With 81-68 Victory Over Memphis
Jan. 9, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- The East Carolina women's basketball team capped off the season's longest road trip, spanning 11 days and five games, with a 81-68 victory over Memphis and at the same time won their second consecutive Conference USA game.
Led by Jessica Slack's 19 points, along with a dominating presence on the boards by senior LaToya Horton (12 rebounds) and Nicole Days (10 reb.), ECU closes the road trip with a 4-1 record, returning to Greenville with a 10-4 overall record. Four others, including 16 points by Jasmine Young, 13 from Impris Manning, and 10 by Cherie Mills reached double figures in scoring.
Shooting 17-of-36 (47.2%) in the second half paved the way for the victory. Extending a nine-point halftime lead to 62-49 by the 11:49 mark of the second, ECU would never be challenged for the lead.
East Carolina found their shooting touch early on in the game, closing out the first half leading 40-29, while shooting 14-of-33 (42.4%) from the floor. Leading the way for the Lady Pirates offensively was Jasmine Young, who continues her stellar shooting from beyond the arch by connecting on three 3-point shots, scoring 10 first half points. Jessica Slack added eight points, with 10 ECU players scoring at least one basket. Nicole Days and LaToya Horton provided a solid inside presence by pulling down five rebounds each.
After trailing in the early stages of the contest, ECU outscored the Lady Tigers 15-4 over the next nine minutes of the game to assume a 19-8 advantage. With a combination of both inside and outside shots, Days scored four points and defensively assisted with four rebounds and two steals.
ECU extended its lead to 16 points on six occasions over the final 7:53 of the game, while defensively limiting the Lady Tigers to four successful shots, while sending Memphis to the line for five points via the free throw line. Megan Gooch scored seven points while grabbing four rebounds to lead the Lady Tigers.
East Carolina vs. Memphis